EMT-turned-high-school-teacher helps boy having seizure

Chris Applegate, who now teaches math and physics at a high school, was helping with powderpuff football practice when a distraught student ran up to him


By EMS1 Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A former EMT is being credited with saving a 10-year-old boy who had a seizure.

WLKY.com reported that Chris Applegate, who now teaches math and physics at DuPont Manual High School, was helping with powderpuff football practice when a student ran up to him.

"And (he) said, 'Hey, Mr. Applegate, something, something, seizure. Something, something car.' He was really kind of mumbling quickly," Applegate said. "He said, 'Should I go to the office and get help?' I said, 'Yes go to the office and have them call 911.'"

A few feet away from the practice field, 10-year-old DJ Kinderman was having a seizure.

"I knew what to do, because I've done it before," he said. "I just went over and did why my training taught me to do."

Applegate checked the boy's pulse and monitored his breathing until an ambulance arrived.

"I'm just happy I was there," he said. "Right place at the right time and I had the background in it."

The boy's mom sent Applegate an email, thanking him for saving her son's life.

The boy is doing OK and will be home from the hospital soon.

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